Growing foot out the door and one

Growing up I always took an interest in writing simply because writing became an easy way for me to express myself; learning to communicate my emotions through poetry or writing random short stories about my experiences.  Oftentimes, life can become overwhelming; keeping up with school work, family obligations, and relationships can cause life to spin out of our control and cause an overwhelming burden of stress. My outlet is writing. Knowing I can put pen to paper and create a world that is free of stress gives me a sense of comfort and eases my nerves. Writing has become an easy way for me to create new worlds and situations that I can control.

Writing has always been my passion, but it is also one of my biggest fears because many believe that writers cannot make a living from their works.  Why most writing careers tend to fail has been heavily debated. William Giraldi, a debut novelist, took notice of an extensively growing number of writers who were disinterested in the aspect of reading which thus inspired the open-ended analogy “Wanting to write without wanting to read is like wanting to—but not taking the time to—” (Mar 1).  The analogy serves the purpose to display that you cannot take interest in a field and not do the one main thing that comes behind it.  On the other hand, some people believe there are reasons beyond lack of knowledge and skillset, while others believe that writers fail because of a lack of motivation.  For aspiring writers like myself, I believe fear of failure is something that contributes to failure.

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I think it is imperative that people who desire to write do in fact need to fail on a regular basis.  When failure persists, many conclude that we should hang our heads in defeat, doubt ourselves when we lose the stamina needed to finish a story, or second guess our talent when not greeted with positive responses.  But that is only because we are looking at failure in the wrong light.  Failing is a sign that you are taking a step in the right direction. Failures are nothing more than just evidence that you are trying.  Therefore, I have determined not to allow fear to overtake me.  I always have one foot out the door and one foot in when it comes to writing. However, it is the one thing I can truly say I enjoy doing.  I know my skills are not perfect, but writing is not about perfection; it is creating content that you like, believing in yourself, and getting the work done.  And this is what I will continue to do.

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